May 27, 2012

South China Sea Is No Powder Keg

Allen Carlson & Xu Xin, The Diplomat

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China isn't looking for conflict in the South China Sea. Indeed, it already seems to be moderating its language over it its spat with the Philippines.

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TAGGED: Scarborough Shoal, South China Sea, Philippines, China


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